Tough, tough night for the Hurricanes. First things first let's all wish the best for Duke Johnson. Looked like a lot of weight came down on that right ankle.
We will provide an update as soon as one is available. Fingers crossed for Duke.
As far as the game itself......
Regardless of any silly notions that UM would play just to stay in the game, they played to win. Assisted by 2 Jameis Winston INTs, the Canes ended the first quarter in a 7-7 stalemate and trailed just 21-14 at the half, and were moving the ball towards a tie on their opening possession of the second half.
Not too bad considering they were facing what could be the best team in the country. Perhaps they build off of the good start should they face the Seminoles in the ACCCG.
Johnson (23 carries for 97 yards before the injury) showed he can run with anyone. Allen Hurns (both UM TDs) is quietly having a spectacular senior season.
It was good to see Deon Bush make a play in the first half.
Miami still leads the ACC Coastal.
UM's improved defense is not ready for prime time just yet. In the first half, when the Canes had a chance to make some noise, Jameis Winston converted a couple of third and longs with his legs and feet.
The tackling needs to improve all around.
Stephen Morris badly under threw Stacy Coley on what could have been a TD for one of two second half INTs. The other was a seem pattern that under shot Clive Walford.
Miami played a nice half of football but are clearly not in FSU's class yet. Give the Noles credit. FSU along with Alabama and Oregon, are clearly the best teams in the nation.
The injury to Duke made all Miami fans very uneasy.
Game Ball goes to:
Devonta Freeman shredded the Canes for 3 TDs. The Miami native surely likes to play against his hometown squad.
Offense: C- First half was ok. Second half was terrible.
Defense: D+ That offense is phenomenal. No F for producing 2 INTs, little else went right. In all honesty though, this was as much about how good FSU's O is as anything.
Special Teams: C No big plays allowed, but no big plays produced.